It isn’t summer in Vancouver without the annual Indian Summer Festival, a celebration of ideas, diversity and fantastic people.
Celeb Nerd Crushes: This year, the festival included amazing authors, thinkers, creators and dancers, including Sudeep Chakravarti, Jeet Thayil, Deepa Mehta, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Anosh Irani, Anakana Schofield, Renee Saklikar and so many more. We were in intellectual heaven.
Style Spotting: The Opening Gala is the place to pose and be snapped in Vancouver during July. Designer and heritage saris, sunny weather maxis, silk kurtas, sparkling lenghas, luxe anarkalis and dapper suits were on the fashion menu this year. We also took in a spectacular performance by Rajasthan Josh, who serenaded guests at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Classical Gardens. Visit Jugni Style on Instagram to see style photos from the gala (look for the July 4, 2013 photos).
Tummy Satisfaction: With Chef Vikram Vij at the helm of the culinary escapade known as the Opening Gala (he curated a selection of South Asian cuisines with the help of local restaurants) and a special dinner with Indian celebrity Chef Sanjay Kapoor, no stomach was left unsatisfied. Add to that some desserts by Nanak Foods and wines from BC vineyards, and it was an indulgent festival indeed.
Congratulations to Laura and Sirish and all of the volunteers for throwing such an amazing festival!
Our photographer Liane White took some fabulous photos from the Indian Summer Festival Opening Gala – click through the slideshow below and relive the magic.
Photography By: Lianne White